A motorcyclist who crashed with no witnesses to the wreck may have saved his own life Sunday when he crawled from a ravine where his bike came to rest and flagged down a passing motorist.
The cyclist, Jeffery Wanamaker, 48, was airlifted from the scene Sunday evening by LifeForce helicopter for treatment of numerous injuries.
According to highway patrolman Bruce Pryor, the accident happened around 6 p.m. Sunday on Highway 56 near Irving College. Preliminary reports reveal Wanamaker was heading northbound (toward McMinnville) on his 2005 Honda motorcycle when he rounded a curve and came upon some dogs in the road.
“He swerved to miss the dog and in doing so lost control and veered off the road,” Pryor said, noting the point where he went off the road leads over a steep embankment.
Wanamaker’s bike crashed and came to rest near the bottom of a ravine many yards from the highway. Given the fact no one saw the wreck and Wanamaker had been injured, there was no help on the way. However, Wanamaker managed to work his way back up the ravine to the roadside where he was able to flag down a motorist who called for help.